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Study addresses subsidies, a studio, film festivals and more education.
Some politicians don't like making investments in programs like this. Even when you are guaranteed to make a profit. Louisiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania are the hot spots in the US for film production. They are bringing in millions of dollars in tax revenue.
Most of the Rash Report on Minnesota Film and TV is informative and interesting. Lucinda Winter's suggestion that there are no four year degree programs in film production is incorrect. The suggestion made in the article that Minnesota is somehow lacking in higher education opportunities in film is wrong.
On the contrary, there is a rich mosaic of exceptional university level programs in film production available to Minnesota students. Minnesota State University Moorhead has a four-year BA degree program in film production. It has more than 150 majors and has been in existence more than a decade. Metropolitan State University has a four-year BA degree in screenwriting established in 1999 and currently has over 50 majors. North Hennepin Community College has a new AA degree with an emphasis in digital film production. Normandale Community College and Anoka Ramsey Community College both have creative writing programs with courses in screenwriting that articulates with the screenwriting degree at Metropolitan State University. Century Community College has an extensive program in TV and new media production. Minneapolis College of Art and Design has both a BFA and an MFA in film. The cinema program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College was already mentioned in the article. Other colleges and universities throughout the state have film courses and new programs in the works. While there is certainly room for improvement, Minnesota currently has a rich higher education landscape for students who want to prepare for careers in film, television, and new media. These programs should be recognized and celebrated.
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